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Re: “Cow Country: The Rise of the CAFO in Idaho

Most people point a finger the at homeowners and say 'you moved there knowing about the farming, etc'

Sounds like this is the opposite. These people lived here before the CAFO's and have experienced notable changes to the quality of their daily lives.

CAFO's are like cities - more people concentrate into a small area. Cities are required to install wastewater treatment systems. Cities are not allowed to collect waste and simply store it til it evaporates or percs into the ground. Cities are not allowed to spray on the fields or truck to other fields. As an aside, when the ground freezes in the winter and the farmers spray all winter long, enjoy your first spring time rains.

The argument farmers and their associations make is 'you will impact our bottom line' with more regulations.

Well the tax payers bottom line is impacted even more. Take for example:
1- healthcare costs associated with degraded potable water supply (that is if you have even had your water tested and could suspect it).
2- healthcare costs associated with degraded air quality
3- healthcare costs associated with cross species diseases (lots of cool research on the increase in certain viral/bacterial diseases in humans living in proximity to CAFO's)
4- reduction in your property values, which also reduces property tax revenues for local and state gov't
5- water treatment plant costs for cities downstream (surface and groundwater)
6- ditto on #5 for residential wells - how much to dig a new one? how deep must you go? will you have to do it again in the near term? do you need a private treatment system?
7- fish and wildlife impacts? want to quantify that one? this can be related directly to tourism dollars as well....which will decline as CAFO's continue to operate under loose regulations

So who pays for all this? Certainly not the Big Ag industry but the taxpaying base as a whole. Sounds like another form of corporate welfare...excuse me farm bill....but that has been the MO of this Republican party since Reagan's time.

Let's bring back the Bull Moose party - a moderate conservative party that cares about US citizens, and small farmers and business owners.

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Posted by davehalo on 09/01/2010 at 1:07 PM

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